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"My name is Umbra. I guard the Mask of Life. You shall not pass."
— Umbra, Inferno

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Order of Mata Nui
Kanohi Powerless Ruru
Powers Light-based abilities
Tools Laser Lance with Rhotuka Launcher
Status Alive
Location Spherus Magna
Pronunciation UM-bra
Set number 8625

Umbra is a mysterious and unique being who was created to guard the Kanohi Ignika.


Umbra was created by the Great Beings more than 100,000 years ago, for the sole purpose of guarding the Mask of Life.[1] After being created, he was immediately placed outside the Chamber of Life to protect it.[2] Although he is a being of light, he was given the name "Umbra" to confuse enemies as "Umbra" means "the darkest part of a shadow."[OGD: Feb 17 2006, 08:50 AM]

Although not a member, Umbra was a servant of the Hand of Artakha. When it disbanded and Helryx formed the Order of Mata Nui, Umbra was designated as a servant of the organization. He was viewed as such because he does the same work the Order wants done.[citation needed]

Umbra turning into Light

Around 79,100 years ago, a team of Toa, led by Toa Jovan, arrived in Umbra's chamber to claim the Mask of Life. They fought and defeated him, gaining entry to the Chamber of Life. The team, minus one of their number, soon returned to the chamber to replace the mask, allowing Umbra to continue his duty.[citation needed]

The Toa Inika had to get past Umbra in order to get to the Chamber of Life. They were fighting the Protodax when he scared the beasts off, wanting the honor of destroying the Toa for himself. Umbra used his incredible speed to disarm the heroes, but was stopped when Matoro used his elemental power to make Umbra slip and crash. He then attacked as a laser-like beam of light, but Matoro responded with more ice, causing the walls of the cave to become reflective. Nuparu then lured Umbra into hitting the walls, causing him to wildly ricochet off of them until he was knocked unconscious.[1]

After the defeat of Makuta Teridax, Umbra, along with the rest of the inhabitants in the Matoran Universe, emigrated onto Spherus Magna, intending to resume his post as guardian of the Ignika.[OGDi: Apr 4 2010, 12:11 PM][OGDi: Apr 7 2010, 01:19 PM]

Abilities and Traits

Umbra is very cold, and completely dedicated to his job. Even if he knows those who come his way are heroes, it does not matter to him; they have to prove their worth by defeating him. He will try his hardest to beat his opponents, because it is his duty to the mask.

Umbra skating along the cavern wall

Although Umbra's Light powers do not have as wide a range as Takanuva's, he can do some things Takanuva cannot, such as turning himself into a beam of light. He can also form a Rhotuka that creates solid light projections, and change his armor color. Umbra is the only known being from the Matoran Universe besides an alternate Teridax that has no inner Shadow. Thus, if his inner light were drained, he would die. Umbra does not need food, sleep, heat or air to survive.[3][OGD]

Mask and Tools

Umbra wears a powerless Kanohi Ruru. He is unable to use Kanohi.[OGQ]

Umbra carries a Laser Lance, which he can use to fire lasers. A Rhotuka Launcher is attached to the staff. He also has wheels on his feet that let him travel at high speeds. These wheels also allow him to travel on walls and ceilings.

Set Information

8625 Umbra was released in Wal*Mart shopping centers in the United States as a promotional item, but was available in other stores elsewhere. The set contained 179 pieces, including a Laser Axe and Energized Ice Sword (set wise) as components of Umbra's Laser Lance, which also featured a Rhotuka Launcher. Umbra's Rhotuka was dark green blended with silver, a color combination previously available only in the Rhotuka collectible pack. The set also featured the same LED-containing orange eye piece as the Piraka. Along with this, the set's feet had wheels as part of their design.


Promotional artwork of Umbra

"The Protodax are violent beasts. They do not kill with honor -– they simply kill. I leave to them the simple-minded Rahi who accidentally wander down this far, but those with heart and spirit are mine to destroy."
— Umbra, Inferno

"Insanity. How can a mere Kanohi be worth so many lives?"
"If you do not know its worth, then why are you here?
— Toa Inika Hahli and Umbra, Inferno

"You cannot even begin to match my power. But I will be merciful -- In my light form, I can slay you swiftly and cleanly."
— Umbra to the Toa Inika, A Cold Light Dawns


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